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Ex-Nazi guard, 101, jailed for 5 years on 3,518 counts of conspiracy to murder

Nazi concentration camp where shootings, hangings and gassing were commonplace.The man, whose identity is protected by German law, is accused of being a guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during the Second World War.The man had denied working as one of Adolf Hitler's SS guards at the camp and aiding and abetting the murder of thousands of prisoners but the Neuruppin Regional Court sentenced him to five years in prison.READ MORE: 'First human to live past 150 years has already been born', claim scientistsIn the trial, which opened in October and was interrupted by medical problems, the man said that he had worked as a farm labourer near Pasewalk in north eastern Germany during the period in question.However, the court considered it proven that he worked at the camp on the outskirts of Berlin between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi Party's paramilitary wing, the German news agency dpa reported."The court has come to the conclusion that, contrary to what you claim, you worked in the concentration camp as a guard for about three years," presiding Judge Udo Lechtermann said, according to dpa, adding that in doing so, the defendant had assisted in the terror and murder machinery of the Nazis."You willingly supported this mass extermination with your activity," Judge Lechtermann said.Prosecutors had based their case on documents relating to an SS guard with the man's name, date and place of birth, as well as other documents.To get more stories from Daily Star delivered straight to your inbox sign up to one of our free newsletters here . For organisational reasons, the trial was held in a gymnasium in Brandenburg/Havel, the 101-year-old's place of residence.The man was only fit to stand trial to

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Nazi gold, which could be worth £200 million, have stumbled across a huge canister of loot in Poland.The group, let by Roman Furmaniak from the Silesian Bridge Foundation, made the discovery that is expected to contain around World War Two loot.It is believed that it was stolen and hidden under the orders of murderous Nazi boss Heinrich Himmler – one of Adolf Hitler's right hand men.The steel canister was found around 10ft below the surface of an abandoned conservatory in Minkowskie, Poland, and measures around 5ft in length and 50cm diameter.The conservatory was part of an 18th century abandoned palace once used by the SS as a brothel, which is why the loot is stored there.It is thought that it would eventually be used to help fund a Fourth Reich.Mr Furmaniak said: “The first drill we made showed unnatural contortions on one side.“We made a second probe and received the same result on the other side - a third probe struck an object.“The shapes and colours show anomalies, in other words human interference in the ground.“Metal has a different density to earth, and this is shown as a darker colour in the images.”The group were led to the sight by secret Nazi documents, a former SS officer's diary and a map.As part of the diary, there was a letter confirming the existence of the loot.It reads: “My dear Inge, I will fulfil my assignment, with God's will.
Couple stage disgusting Nazi-themed wedding as groom wears death’s head insignia
Nazi-themed wedding.On the day, the bride named only as “Josefina,” rolled up to the wedding in a VW Beetle emblazoned with swastikas that sported an “SS” personalised number plate.Meanwhile her husband-to-be “Fernando” sported a full Nazi officer’s uniform, complete with death’s head insignia on the cap.The VW was chosen as German designer Ferdinand Porsche was commissioned by Adolf Hitler to build the "people's car” in the 1930s.Even the date of the wedding – April 29 – had been carefully selected to mark the 77th anniversary of 'Der Führer’s' wedding to Eva Braun.The couple already have two kids: a daughter named Hanna after German test pilot Hanna Reitsch, a close confidante of the Nazi leader who was one of the last people to see Hitler alive and a son named "Reinhard," after notorious SS commander Reinhard Heydrich, who is remembered as principal architect of the Holocaust.Posting the photos of the poor-taste wedding the groom told the Mexican news outlet Milenio: "I understand that for many people, Hitler represents genocide, racism, and violence.“People, on the other hand, make judgments without having all of the facts or believing in the victor's history".He added: “Hitler was a vegetarian who rescued his country from famine and returned to his people the lands lost during World War I. His friends and family adored him.
Outrage as 'gruesome' Nazi memorabilia including swastikas flogged at house auction
Adolf Hitler’s concentration camps during World War II.Holocaust survivors feared the collection would end off in the hands of neo-Nazis and extremists, so they sent complaints to the auction house about the sale.Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, Dr Dvir Abramovich also said he had written to Snowball Auctions urging them to withdraw the items from the sale but his concerns were ignored. Dr Abramovich described the collection as a “showcase of pure evil” that symbolised “the unimaginable suffering inflicted by the Nazis and tramples on the memories of the victims."He added: "This gruesome item was probably bought by Hitler worshippers who wanted to proudly hang it in their lounge.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here."Businesses own the message of the items they sell and it is hurtful that Snowball Auctions did not see anything wrong.”A spokesperson for Snowball Auctions acknowledged there had been a backlash to the sale but claimed those who were concerned were 'living in the past.'He said that collectors had a keen interest in the replica pistol and that the badges were probably from the internet, before adding: "It’s really just part of a wartime army."When ANZAC Day comes up there will be a lot of wartime memorabilia sold then as well."ANZAC Day is the day of remembrance commemorating those from Australia and New Zealand who died in wars.